It does not come as a surprise if you hear Bayern Munich sign a prolific player from one of their rival clubs.
This has happened before, be it Michael Ballack and Ze Roberto from Leverkusen in 2002, or Mats Hummels, Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze from Dortmund.
After the winter signing of Sandro Wagner, the Bavarians seem to have raided their smaller rivals in pursuit of 22-year-old Germany international Leon Goretzka.
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The midfielder has been strongly linked with Liverpool and Man Utd. Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was confident of landing the youngster, but it now seems that he will put pen to paper in January for Bayern. (via Marca)
Goretzka’s move to Bayern from Schalke is the second most significant transfer from the club since the transfer of Manuel Neuer for £24 million in 2011.
The German has grown in popularity over the last two-and-a-half seasons at the Veltins Arena by scoring 14 goals in 87 appearances.
He has also scored for the World Champions on six occasions in the twelve appearances he has made, which makes him a strong contender to feature in Joachim Loew’s squad when they head out to Russia next summer.
Barcelona too, were interested in signing the youngster who has already won the Confederations Cup last summer with Germany, and has found the back of the net four times in eleven Bundesliga appearances this season.
Bayern continue to strengthen their attack line, which sees ageing stars like Muller, Robben, and Lewandowski, who appear likely to move past their prime in the coming years. What remains to be seen is whether Bayern can get back to being the best in Europe again.
Written by Sourish Saha
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